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Daytime Zoo Hours

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Last entry 4 p.m.
We are open seven days a week.

Check the TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights section of our site for upcoming hours for this event.

The Houston Zoo will close early on December 24 at 3 p.m., with the last entry at 2 p.m. We will be closed on December 25. TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will not be open December 24 or 25.


Exhibit and Activity Times

Giraffe Feeding Platform: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
May close due to weather conditions and giraffe participation.

Naturally Wild Swap Shop
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Reptile and Amphibian Houseopens at 10 a.m.

Tropical Bird House: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Bug House opens at 9:30 a.m.
The Petting yard inside the Children’s Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Open April 1 – October 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

Directions to the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District.

There are two entrances to the Zoo:

  • Our Main Entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
  • Our Medical Center Entrance is on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital. It is open only on weekends and major holidays. It provides convenient dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (There is no parking at this gate). This entrance will not be open during Fridays and Oct. 31 Zoo Boo.


Parking and Arrival Options

Looking for parking info for TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights? Visit this page for special parking options:

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Near the Zoo

The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking is available in Hermann Park outside the Zoo. On busy days, these lots can fill quickly. Please note that C lot can only be entered on the north side (outside the park) and is limited to three hour parking.

Map of Hermann Park Parking Areas

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Map provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy
Parking is not owned or operated by the Houston Zoo

Field Trip Alert: Many schools schedule field trips to the Zoo throughout the fall and spring, so we may be more crowded on weekday mornings when school is in session. An afternoon or weekend visit may offer smaller crowds.


Take METRORail

Save $2 off an adult admission and $1 off a child’s admission when you present your Q Card, METRO bus, or METRORail ticket at the zoo admission booth.

Walk To the Zoo from Two METRORail Stops
From the train, exit at either the Hermann Park/Rice U Station or the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station. Our Medical Center Entrance is open on weekends and major holidays.
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METRORail Option:
Fannin South Park & Ride, 1604 West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77054

Saturdays & Sundays: Overflow Parking and Shuttle

We have extended this off-site parking for a limited time.
South Extension (SE) Lot, 7100 William C. Harvin, Entrance 35
Parking is $6 per car. Free shuttle, easy in, easy out!
On Saturdays and Sundays, this shuttle runs continuously from 10 a.m. (Early birds: park near the zoo to enter at 9 a.m.)

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Bicycling: Houston B-cycle

A Houston B-cycle station is located in Hermann Park outside the zoo. Houston B-cycle is a “bike sharing” program that works as an additional transportation alternative for people living in or visiting Houston. For more information visit the Houston B-cycle website.